Swiss right-wing party urges to invite Russia for Global Peace Summit to maintain neutrality

Parliament of Switzerland
Parliament of Switzerland

The Swiss People's Party (SVP), a major right-wing political force and the largest party in the Swiss Federal Assembly, is calling on the Swiss government to formally invite Russia to the upcoming Global Peace Summit, their official statement on the site wrote.

The Swiss People's Party (SVP), a major right-wing political force and the largest party in the Swiss Federal Assembly, is calling on the Swiss government to formally invite Russia to the upcoming Global Peace Summit, their official statement on the site wrote.

The party argues that excluding Russia from the conference could irreparably affect Switzerland's neutrality.

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“Peace efforts are generally to be welcomed,” the statement said.

“It appears that all conflict parties no longer recognize Switzerland’s neutrality: Russia has already indicated that it does not want to participate in the Bürgenstock conference.”

The party criticized the Swiss Federal Council for what it sees as a hasty alignment with one side following the beginning of the war against Ukraine, particularly through the full adoption of EU sanctions against Russia.

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The Federal Council succumbed to international pressure, abandoning Switzerland’s longstanding principles of neutrality, the SVP claimed.

The Swiss right-wing party has laid out specific demands:

  • The Bürgenstock conference must not become a one-sided forum focused on “propaganda and armament,” to ensure a genuine chance for the peace process.

  • The Federal Council should make every effort to include the Russian side in the conference, which includes sending an official written invitation to Russia.

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Global Peace Summit in Switzerland

The Global Peace Summit, set to take place in Switzerland at the leadership level, will be held on June 15-16.

107 countries have confirmed their participation, Ukrainian President’s Office reported on June 3.

Russia will not be attending the meeting.

While Russia could participate in future sessions, it will not be part of the inaugural leaders' meeting, Ukrainian President’s Office head Andriy Yermak said.

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A peace process without Russia is “unthinkable”, The Swiss Foreign Ministry has admitted.

Expected attendees include German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other European leaders.

Vice President Kamala Harris will represent the United States, replacing President Joe Biden at the summit.

Ukrainian intelligence confirmed Russia’s intentions to disrupt the peace summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported on April 24.

China declined to participate in the peace summit, Reuters reported on May 31, citing sources.

China later officially confirmed its absence from the meeting, with Zelensky alleging that China is also attempting to dissuade other countries from attending the summit.

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